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Public defender's office could save money for Jefferson County

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JEFFERSON COUNTY - AL -

    Jefferson County will try to save millions of dollars by changing the way it provides defense attorneys in the court system.

    Currently, the county appoints private lawyers to defend people who can't pay- and tax money is used to pay those attorneys.  But the court system is creating a public defender's office, which will keep attorneys on staff.

    It's estimated the move could save more than three million dollars every year.